St Barth Travel Diary

Last month as my birthday gift I went on a 5 days getaway to Saint Barth, one of my favorite island in the Caribbeans. Among white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, luxury shopping, fine dining and breathtaking views I had a truly amazing time and here I am, finally sharing everything with you!

We stayed at Le Village, a cute little hotel in Saint Jean, just a few steps away from the Nikki Beach, one of my favorite places to spend a day under the sun with good music playing on the background and great food and drinks.

We rented a convertible mini Cooper and had the best time driving around with the top down! The island is so small you can never get lost and driving around is really easy. However walking is not an option as there are many hills and the day it's way too hot to enjoy walking anywhere.

The pool area of the hotel was so charming, and the view was unbeatable!

One of my favorite things about this hotel is the bookshelves filled with books int he reception area and breakfast lounge: you can borrow them during your stay and even take them home with you if you're not finished reading them! There are books in English, French, German, Spanish and tons of other languages and you'll find all kinds of books from novels to poetry to manuals. Also the breakfast buffet was a delight. It changed every morning and had many different kinds of juice, pastries, fruits, etc. Our room at the hotel was very clean and modern. A lot of closet space was available and I of course took advantage of it right away!

There are so many wonderful beaches on the island that it's hard to pick one in the morning, when planning the day! We already knew some of them so we decided to go ahead and discover new ones: the first day we went to the Grand Cul de Sac beach. We had the beach basically to ourselves and had a picnic there with some food we bought at the grocer on our way there. It was so peaceful and

After a long day of sun, sea and tanning (exhausting I know!) our favorite thing to do was to go to Gustavia where the harbor is and walk by the water and pick a different restaurant to enjoy every night.

Mango and strawberry frozen smoothies by the water, so good and refreshing!

In Gustavia you can also find the best luxury shops like Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Cartir, Bulgari and many other local store that sell designer sunglasses and brand name watches. The island is a tax free haven so get ready to score some great deals! I didn't think twice when I saw the bracelet I wanted for so long at the Hermès boutique. Happy birthday to me!

And here's the reveal of the content of that little orange bag of happiness :D

The island is so small and picturesque, around every corner you might find amazing views and stunning scenery. On our second day we were headed to Anse des Flamands, an endless white sand beach with crystal clear water, and on our way there we stumbled upon this spot. So insanely perfect for pictures.

This is the view you have when you arrive at Anse des Flamands. Basically happiness in a picture.

OMG please take me back!!

After the beach we were all starving so we headed back to Gustavia to go have a yummy lunch at L'Isoletta, our favorite Italian restaurant. I got the Grapefruit and Orange salad and a slice of pizza on the terrace. Seriously, #lunchgoals.

On the following day, we ventured to Anse de Colombier, a secluded beach you can only reach by boat or by a 15/20 minutes hike. This beach is famous for being the private beach of American businessman Rockerfeller, who at his time bought a huge mansion overlooking the bay. The hike isn't that bad and on the way down we found some great picture spots, totally postcard-worthy. Plus, the beach is really beautiful.

When you finally reach the bay, the view doesn't disappoint.

My only complaint about beaches in Saint Barth is that there is hardly any shade: the sun is really strong, especially in the middle of the day and after 3 straight days of laying on the beach all day long I felt like my skin was begging me for a break. So my advice is to start your day pretty early so you can leave the beach at noon when the sun starts becoming too strong, of course apply sunscreen extremely often and if you can, find a spot to lay your beach towels next to some trees or big rocks where you'll eventually have some kind of shade. That's how I survived and avoided an awful sunburn!

Cold shoulders, warm hearts

I fell in love with this Zara blouse at first sight. From the cold shoulders to the ruffles, to the light pastel color, so perfect for summer. I admit I have been wearing it a little too often but I tend to obsess over my favorite pieces of clothing! I snapped these pictures the other day before a lunch date by the water with my brother :) I feel so lucky to be able to live on this beautiful island!

Shirt: Zara (it's sold out online but this one is almost identical and way cheaper!) - Shorts: Forever21 - Espadrilles: Chanel - Bag: Luana Italy (you can use the code SHOPWEARREPEAT for 15% off anything on the Luana Italy website)

Bracelet: Dior - Bangle: Hermès - Ring: YSL - Phone case: Richmond & Finch

Chanel collection

Today I share with you guys my little Chanel collection. In part because I've been asked a few times and in part because I am always super curious to see other people's beautiful collections of designer items. This is meant to be a fun post, showing you the result 5 years of shopping! I am not trying to be pretentious or brag in any way of course. I am extremely grateful for everything I own but I must admit that my wishlist is still pretty long! Haha #firstworldproblems
Of course on top of my wishlist right now is a Boy bag. Hopefully I'll be able to get one before the end of this year :)
Anyways, hope you'll enjoy the pictures!

Every time I am at a Chanel boutique eying different bags I am always attracted to bright colors but for some reason I always end up choosing the black bags. Maybe because to me Chanel are such classic pieces that I could only wear in the classiest of colors: black.

Bags aside I love Chanel brooches. I only have 3 for now, 2 with pearls and a baroque looking one but I am thinking about adding a crystal one very soon!

Of course I couldn't forget about Chanel shoes. I own 2 pairs of espadrilles, a pair of patent leather ballerina flats and the camelia flip flops. All very summery shoes that I end up wearing literally all the time while I am in Guadeloupe.

Last but not least, the only Chanel piece I own that is not black nor white. A pink (DUH) Chanel mini bag that looks a lot like the half moon WOC. I got this cutie pie several years back and my mom actually got the same one but bigger and in black and we used to wear them and match all the time!

Here's another group picture of all of my goodies! What's your favorite Chanel piece? And what's on your wishlist?? Let me know in the comments down below loves :D

Dior Espresso

Hey there my fellow DIYers! Long time no DIY, am I right?! Lately I've been getting tons of questions about this itsy bitsy Dior Espresso cup, I knew I had to share my knowledge with my beautiful readers! This might just be the faster and cuter DIY you'll ever make!

All you are going to need is:
- white coffee cup
- Dior espresso print out
- any type of glue
- Optional: white paint (spray paint or acrylic, just in case your cup isn't completely white already)
 

I suggest saving the above image and opening it in a Microsoft Word document. Make the worksheet as wide as an actual sheet of paper (just enlarge the display of the document to 155%) and compare the size of the Dior logo with the size of your cup. Then just print it and glue it on the cup! Et voilà. I told you it was going to be ridiculously easy! I use mine mostly for decor purposes but it's still a perfectly normal coffee cup. You could make a bunch of them and give them away as party favors or use it to put flowers or lipstick in!

Salt on my hair, sand on my skin

Happy Friday loves! Here are the pics from a beach party that took place at a gorgeous hotel here in Guadeloupe the other day. I got back from NYC with so many new pretty clothes that I won't have to face the "I don't have anything to wear" struggle for at least a couple of months!! Haha (Shopaholic? Me? I think you're mistaken Sir..) Anyways this gorgeous lace dress is a perfect dupe to the expensive Mister Self Portrait one and is so inexpensive! I can vouch for the quality and you can see for yourself that the details are absolutely perfect!

Dress: Shein (this one is sold out but you can get the longer version here) - Sunglasses: Céline - Ring: YSL

How pretty is this lace? And how cool is that criss-crossed back?

Lip Monthly

Today I want to share with you lovely peeps a new amazing subscription service that will change your life (ok if not your WHOLE life at least your make up drawer for sure!). Lip Monthly is a packaged box of the best lip, beauty and cosmetic products out there: every month you will receive a goodies bag filled with FULL-SIZED lip glosses, lip sticks, lip liners, lip stains, lip plumpers and so much more!
If you're into beauty and cosmetics, this is a monthly beauty box that you don't want to miss out on. SERIOUSLY. Best part? Use the code "SHOPWEAR55" to get 55% off your first bag! :D

I received my first bag last month and I was so beyond excited to open it up and find out what was inside. So here's a peek into my May Lip Monthly bag:

A adorable floral printed pouch, 3 full sized lip products and a mud face mask!

Along with the products is a summary of their suggested retail price (a $70 retail value for under $13?! YES PLEASE!)

And here are the swatches.
- Jor'el Parker's mud therapy mask with sweet almond oil, avocado oil, green tea antioxidants and volcanic ash minarals is 100% vegan and never tested on animals. It feels refreshing and soothing on the skin and protects it from the damage caused by free radicals and pollutants while softly rejuvenating and exfoliating the skin. after applying it on my face and leaving it for ten minutes my skin felt deeply cleansed but still very hydrated.
- So Susan's rosy cheek and lip gel in "Hangover" is a cheek and lip tint 78% water-based and 99% natural. Vegan and hypoallergenic it's formulated in Italy and contains "Heat Shift" technology that instantly transforms this gel/stain hybrid into a healthy rosy flush upon contact onto the skin, according to your body temperature. I love how natural this tint looks on, I've been wanting a product like this for a very long time and I'm so happy I finally found it!
- Dirty Little Secret's lipstick in "Guilty Pleasure" is the brightest and most magnificent shade of pink I have ever seen. It applies wonderfully and stays on the lips for a very long time (it even survived a meal and drinks!).
- Manna Kadar's Liplocked priming gloss stain in "Manna Babe" is a mix between a lipgloss and a lipstain and brings together the best of both worlds. This super pigmented gloss makes your lips look so pouty and dreamy! It's glossy without being sticky and lasts so long on!

This was my first experience with a beauty subscription box and I am very pleased with it so far! I am very curious about what's to come into next month's bag :D I am one to always enjoy discovering and testing new products and I love that all these brands focus on natural beauty items but still deliver high quality results! I absolutely recommend Lip Monthly to all makeup junkies out there looking for a great value for their buck ;)


Thank you so much to lip monthly for sending this bag out to me.

Best summer ever!

June is here which means summer has officially started! Forget all those grey winter days and the rainy spring time, from now on it's all about sunshine, friends, cool trips and lots of fun :D
And in the spirit of that I rounded up a list of essentials you are going to need if you want this to be the BEST. SUMMER. EVER.
 

FASHION

- Straw hat: a summer staple that will never go out of style. There are tons of options from very inexpensive ones (just try at H&M or Forever 21) to designer versions or even customized ones. Not only a great fashion accessory but it will also prove extremely useful to prevent a face burn ;)

- A "feel good" bikini: I'm not saying it's going to be easy to find. We are all beautiful in our own ways but there are always specific items that make us feel even better about ourselves. That's what I mean when I talk about a "feel good" swimsuit. It doesn't really need to be a bikini, if you love one pieces, just go for it! But find a piece that will be your holy grail all summer long!

Book - Sunglasses

- Sundress: and I don't mean just one. You'll need a whole bunch of sundresses this summer because DUH. White lace, off-the-shoulders, bright floral prints, super long, the possibilities are endless!

- Sandals and espadrilles: when you're not going to wear flip flops you'll need cute but still comfy alternatives and lace up sandals (even better if adorned with colorful pom poms and charms) and espadrilles will be your new best friends!

ACCESSORIES

- Metallic flash tattoos and a bright nailpolish: because these are the only accessories worth of wearing on the beach really. I have seen too many of my friends lose valuable jewelry in the sea so I refuse to wear any type of accessory that I could possibly lose. Plus bracelets and necklaces would leave ugly and very annoying tan lines! I prefer to stick to colorful nailpolish shades and metallic flash tattoos to spice up my beach looks!

- Books and magazines: between a jump in the water, a nap under the sun umbrella while sipping on a refreshing and yummy drink you are going to want (actually NEED) some distractions! I love taking books and magazines (my faves are Cosmo, Vogue and Glamour) with me to the beach and calmly go through them. In fact I rarely have the time to do sit down and enjoy a book or a magazine in my hectic everyday life, so I really treasure those precious quiet moments.

- Sunglasses: forget your expensive designer sunglasses at home and just bring a few very cheap sunnies with you. Chances are some are going to get ruined because of the salt water, other you'll forget in hotel rooms or planes and you also might sit on some. So better safe than sorry when it comes to packing sunglasses for a summer trip!

- The perfect beach tote and a super cute beach towel: this one goes without saying. There are so many inexpensive options for sun beach totes and towels! Every summer I buy a new beach towel (yes I have quite a collection now) and a alos have a plethora of beach bags to choose from! Canvas, plastic, cotton, colorful, all white, printed, you can never go wrong with any of these basically.

- Mini crossbody bag for long summer nights: perfect to throw in your phone, wallet, lipstick and keys and make sure your hands are free to dance, eat and have all the fun you should be having.

BEAUTY

- Lip balm (even better if it has with SPF): we never really think about it but our lips tan too and it's imperative that we don't forget to moisturize them after spending a whole day in the sun.

- Sunscreen!!!: Do not only bring it on vacation with you, but apply it every day, multiple times a day! I know that we all want to get to a beautiful bronze tan as fast as possible but not applying sunscreen especially on the first days of sun exposure is the worst idea you can possibly have.

- On-the-go makeup pouch: a bright lip color to put on right before a fun photoshoot with your friends, waterproof mascara, a rollerball of your favorite perfume to make sure you always smell fantastic, a compact mirror and a few makeup wipes just in case.

- Body lotion: because after all those hours in the sun your skin will have an extreme need of hydration. Choose aloe vera or even an oil to restore your skin's smoothness and softness and get it ready for another magical day in the sun!

RANDOM

- A cool passport holder and luggage tag: you can go crazy with these! Accessorizing your travel essentials says "I'm so used to jet setting around that I have to have personalized items". It's the details that make the difference believe me.

- Headphones and a portable speaker: when travelling my headphones are my best friends. Not only the reduce the outside noise (in a plane or if there's a screaming baby in your train) but you'll need some kind of distraction during all those hours spent in a moving vehicle. Music, movies, tv shows, podcasts, anything you'll want to listen to starts with your headphones! And of course what's cooler than a portable speaker (even better if waterproof!) when you're laying on the beach or by a lake with all of your friends? I can't think of anything really :P

- Polaroid Camera: taking pictures with you phone is perfectly fine but there is something so much more special about having an actual printed Polaroid picture that immortalizes the most magical moments of the summer.

 Donut pool float (also love this chocolate one)

- One-of-a-kind inflatable floatie: these are all over Instagram and if you've always wanted one but never actually got one, this is the perfect time! You'll have a whole 3 months to use it and not only they're super comfortable to just lay in while at the beach but they look beyond amazing in pictures! ;)

- Fruits and water: because during summer all of the yummiest fruits are in season! Either cut a bunch of different fruits into small pieces and put the in a tupperware to bring with you or make delicious smoothies. Of course don't forget to drink tons of water to stay hydrated throughout the day!

I hope this article was helpful and put you on a summer vacation mood! I also created a fun checklist so that you can just save the picture and pull it up on your phone whenever you are packing!

Pink

This very pink post concludes my New York adventures. On this last day in the city my babe Yana and I met up with the lovely Katya from Flora Theory and we had an amazing lunch at Bluestone Lane in the West Village. Then we proceeded to snap some pictures with this gorgeous flower box by Flora Theory! The weather was absolutely perfect but the company was even better! So sad to be leaving this amazing city once again!

Dress: Shein (this exact same one is sold out but I also love this one) - Shoes: Stuart Weitzman - Bag: Chloé

Sunglasses: Céline - Link bracelet: J. Crew

You are loved

Oh New York, how I love you! From your busy streets to your wonderful parks, every single corner of this city is filled with love and excitement and surprises. Every time I'm here I fall in love with you a little more.

Top & Skirt: Forever21 (in stores now!) - Espadrilles & Brooch: Chanel - Bag: Chloé

Bangles: The Peach Box - Nailpolish: "Blue Orchid" by Deborah Lippmann

Blue Orchid

I've walked by this building hundreds of times and took pictures of it almost every time. I always thought it was a beautiful church since it even has a beautifully taken care of garden with gorgeous blooms and many very picturesque tables and benches and of course a fountain. That was until I actually stopped by and inquired. You'll never guess what this is: it's one of the numerous branches of the New York Public Library! Isn't this amazing? It made me appreciate this stunning building even more. No matter how well I think I know you, New York, you'll never stop surprising me!

Dress: Shein - Bag: Chloé - Shoes: Stuart Weitzman - Sunglasses: Rayban

Watch: Marc Bale (it's even on sale right now!)

Little Italy

Every time I'm in the city I cannot help but testing as many restaurants as I possibly can. Today between a bloggers meeting in Little Italy and a showroom appointment in Times Square I have been running around Manhattan like a crazy person! Comfort was key when deciding what to wear: I opted for this laid back but still somewhat elegant romper and comfy espadrilles. Add a lace bralette and a super trendy choker and you've got yourself an insanely stylish yet extremely practical everyday outfit.

Romper: Nordstrom Rack - Espadrilles: Valentino - Bag: Chanel - Sunglasses: Céline

I met up with my babe Yana and a fellow blogger Dikla for lunch at Seamore's. We tried the fried fish tacos and the vegan tacos (with broccoli and a tofu sauce) and an order of Poke (raw fish, peanuts and avocado) to share. I had been wanting to try out this restaurant for the longest time. Its adorable outdoor seating area and incredible online reviews giving always made me want to go ahead and try it and I'm so happy I finally did! Everything was really good and now I want to come back and try some more things from their menu.

After our tacos we walked around little italy and soho and finally stopped by Gorgetown Cupcakes for dessert. We got their Black and White cupcakes which are chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting. To be honest, these are my ultimate guilty pleasure! So incredibly soft and flavorful!

It's with a full stomach that I then headed uptown to the Theater District to go visit the Modern Vice showroom.

Modern Vice is a really cool handcrafted footwear and accessory brand that imports all of the leather and hardware directly from Italy and produces shoes in house in New York City. I had the pleasure to tour their showroom and production space (I took you guys along with me on Snapchat by the way! If you don't follow me yet go ahead, my username is "sarahgallazzi") and even got to choose a couple of pairs of super cool boots! They will be handmade and will probably be ready in a couple of weeks: I am so excited to receive them and show them to you!

Shoes galore at Modern Vice.

Fatty Sundays

Because some Sundays you just feel like laying in bed and watching Gilmore Girls on netflix for 3 straight hours. I mean.. I can't be the only one.. Right? :D And what better snack than Fatty Sundays chocolate covered pretzel sticks?! These are my favorite guilty pleasure and their gorgeous and colorful Instagram account just fuels my obsession with them (I mean, just take a look for yourself and let me know: @FattySundays).

How doesn't love sprinkles?? :D

I seriously cannot decide which ones I like the best. I have asked a few of my friends to help me choose but it came down to a tie. That's how good these are!

Perfect Day

My first day in New York turned out to be one of the best days ever! I met up with my favorite babe Yana (from @MissYanaCherie) and started our day in Soho. As usual we went to Georgetown cupcakes for a small morning treat (did you know that they give away free 100 cupcakes every day?? Just go there between 10am and noon and ask for one! You're welcome ;) ). After the delicious chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting on top we decided to just stroll around soho and ended up in front of Saint Laurent. The store front was so cute that I decided to take outfit pics in front of it!

Jacket: Shein - Jeans: J. Crew - Espadrilles & Brooch: Chanel - Bag: Chloé

These two bangles from The Peach Box are my absolute favorite pieces of jewelry right now! I cannot express to you how gorgeous and chic they are! They go beautifully with everything and are very high quality! As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words so just look for yourself:

Bracelets: The Peach Box

And then this happened.. I revealed what's inside on my Snapchat (my Snapchat is sarahgallazzi by the way)!

The Fendi store in Soho is also the cutest ever!

From Soho we then walked to the West Village to get to Olio e Più, one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES restaurants in the city and strolled through Washington Square Park. Such a beautiful spring day.

Isn't this restaurant so adorable? I love their terrace and Yana and I were there for almost 3 hours eating the yummiest food and laughing and enjoying the sun.

We ordered the Antipasto misto (mix of charcuterie and cheese) and a side of focaccia (delicious Italian bread) as a starter and then I got the Sacchettoni cacio e pepe with a side of asparagus and Yana got the strip steak with pesto sauce and a side of sautée broccolis. Everything was beyond delicious! The asparagus was so flavorful and the antipasto misto brought back so many memories from my years in Italy! It was lovely!

Of course even after all that food, there's always room for dessert! So we ordered chocolate lava cakes and cappuccinos. If you saw my snaps of the cake you will know how good this was! :P

How stylish is that girl walking by on my right? #YASQUEEN

After all that food we just continued to walk and shop around and hit some of our most favorite stores (that I already told you all about in this post).

Brights

Sun, sea, friends, mocktails and bright colors. Those are the ingredients for a perfect start of the day! When friends come to visit you, you take a day off (especially if it's a Monday!) and just enjoy life with them! And that's exactly what happened here. Drink at one of the most beautiful hotels on the island, followed by a dip in the crystal clear waters and a yummy lunch was just what we all needed :)

Panama hat: H&M - Jacket: Vince Camuto - Top & Shorts: Abercrombie & Fitch - Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti - Bag: Céline

Quality time

In honor of Mother's Day, my brother and I took my mom out for a walk, a little window shopping and an ice cream date yesterday. The weather was absolutely perfect, the sun was shining yet it wasn't too hot nor humid. When we walked by this cute little bench in front of this pink flower explosion we couldn't help ourselves and decided to stop and take some mother daughter pictures :D I am so glad I got to spend some quality time with her and show her how thankful I am to have her!
So of course I also wanted to dedicate this post to her, the woman who taught me everything I know and that has been there for me through thin and thick. She is my biggest inspiration and my best friend and she deserves all the happiness in the world! I hope one day I'll be as awesome a mom as she is to me!

On my mom: Bag: Céline - Dress: Ted Baker - Shoes: Nina Ricci - Sunglasses: Bulgari
On me: Bag: Céline - Dress: Shein - Shoes: Stuart Weitzman - Sunglasses: Céline

Just look at how happy she is with her ice cream! haha while I'm just trying to take a decent picture of the ice cream before it melt completely!

Strawberry, passion fruit and yogurt ice cream, my absolute favorite flavors!

Wishing all the beautiful mothers out there a happy Mother's Day! You are our real heroes!

Off the shoulders

A short stop during the little road trip we took this weekend is all I needed to snap these pictures. We were headed to a restaurant/lounge on the beach with music and awesome decor and I was feeling all the coachella vibes because that place always makes me feel like I'm at a music festival. Hence this look. Except that we're not in the desert here.

Choker, top and shorts: Forever 21 (in stores now!) - Bag: Céline - Shoes: Chanel

My workout routine

A few years back I cringed every time anyone mentioned to me going to the gym or out for a run. "It's gonna be fun!" they said, and all I could think of is how much I hated running! But through the years I started learning how to love a good workout. It's all about loving yourself and your body really. I like to take care of myself with beauty products, dressing up in beautiful clothes and wearing make up that makes me feel like my best self, but true beauty and confidence comes from within. And that's what working out is all about. It's incredible how beneficial even half an hour a day of exercise is to your body and mind.

So today I wanna share with you my "lazy girl" workout routine as well as a few things that motivated me to get my butt moving!

First of all to get me in the mood to exercise and start my run with a smile I always opt for really cute work out gear! It's an instant mood lifter: if I like what I'm wearing I'll automatically be happier to do anything!
Recently I've been obsessing over these two outfits by Peony. Peony's garments are cute and comfy and can dressed up or down very easily, just by switching out your top!
Peony is a contemporary athleisure brand that unites femininity and athleticism: luxurious fabrics and original prints create premium quality pieces that aim to take women from work to work out.

And of course during my run I also like to think of ways to reward myself after all this effort. There are two ways I like to spoil myself after a really long workout: either by taking a hot bath complete with bath bombs and candles or simply by making a fresh fruit smoothie (my favorite combo is cashew milk, avocado, banana and honey).

So this was my sporty look for work on Friday. I always go for a run on Fridays (as well as Mondays and Wednesdays) so I opted for my Peony rose print leggings and paired them with a flowy lace top and my Nike Roshes.

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Rose print sportsbra and leggings.
I especially love how these leggings even have a small pocket to put your phone in!

After I'm done with my run (typically I run for 5 to 6 miles) I cool down by walking a little. I'm so lucky to be living on this wonderful island and having stunning views during my workouts!

At the end of my run I end up stretching and meditating by the water on my favorite secret spot of the island. The scenery is breathtaking here and there is rarely anybody else besides me.

And I always come back here on Sunday mornings to do some yoga. The sound of the waves crushing into the rocks is so calming and soothing. I really love it here.

All sportswear by Peony. I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes.

April favorites

DAAAAAAMN Sarah! Back at it with the favorites post! Haha well.. I haven't done a favorites post in a while, and that's simply because I was using all the same products I told you about in the last post. But this month with my trip to NYC and my friend Stephany coming to Guadeloupe and showering me with gifts, I have so many new products I am obsessing over and that I really need to share with you guys!

FASHION

White lace everything. On dresses, tops, shorts, bikinis. This month favorite combo was denim and white lace with hints of gold jewelry and hardware. Can summer come faster please?

Dress: Shein - Bag: Chloé - iPhone case: Richmond & Finch


BEAUTY

I think this month my stars aligned and the universe wanted me to finally find a perfect combination of skin care products that would leave me with perfectly hydrated and glowy skin. All thanks to a combination of four magical products: something old and something new, something borrowed and something blue.

An old favorite of mine that I rediscovered this month after a friend gifted it to me is the L'occitanePivoine Flora hand cream. I use it every night before going to bed on my hands and elbows and it makes me feel like I am going to lay down in a field of peonies for the night!

The new product I tried this month in my skincare routine is the SKII facial treatment essence. When I received this travel sized product from Influenster for free for testing purposes I was simply ecstatic! I had been eying it at Sephora for the longest time. In fact I really don't like wearing moisturizing face lotion when I'm in Guadeloupe and in general in the summertime because it's way too hot and I find that it simply makes my skin feel oily and sticky. That's my I love face essences so much, and let me tell you this one hydrates like no other! An absolute holy grail product for me. #myessence #skii

The product I borrowed from my mom (ok more like stole to be honest!) this month is the Khiels Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a nighttime facial oil with distilled botanicals that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning. A couple of drops of this miracle worker on the face and neck before going to bed go a long way! My skin feels perfectly hydrated, smooth and nourished by the morning. I also noticed a reduction in my blemishes!

And finally the something blue is this delicious (not that I actually eat it, but I totally would if it were possible!) rose and mandarin lip balm. I have tried so many lip balms, from Baby Lips to Chanel, but no other lip balm comes close to this one. First off it's a very liquid consistency so it glides on to the lips perfectly and is very long lasting. Secondly, the smell is just absolutely amazing. Third, the packaging is adorable!

Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm: Smith's - Pivoine Flora hand cream: L'Occitane - Facial treatment essence: SKII - Midnight Recovery Concentrate: Kiehl's


MAKE UP

As usual my make up favorites are lip products but I just can't help it! It's way too hot and humid here to wear a full face of make up so I usually just do my brows, line my eyes and put some mascara on and let my lips be the focus point! I rediscovered my love for NYX this month and literally all of these shades were on rotation.


ACCESSORIES

My go to bag this whole month was this little cutie pie by Luana Italy. Luana's bags mix classic silhouettes with a subtle edge and luxe feel. They are designed with a modern vibe and European spirit for the fashion girl always on the go. They are available at Saks Fifth Avenue or on their website (and you can get a 15% discount from anything on the LUANA site with the code SHOPWEARREPEAT ;) ).

Bag: Michelle mini satchel in white embossed leather by Luana (also love this black version)


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You guys!! I haven't bought any new perfume in THE LONGEST time and that's because I have way too many (and I'm sure I'm not the only one!). But as soon as I smelled Chloé's Roses scent I fell in love! I almost bought it at the duty free at the airport while traveling to NY but decided against it at the last minute. And guess what I stumbled upon on a random T.J. Maxx run while in New York? This beautiful set containing the fragrance, a body lotion and a body wash! All of this for cheaper than what I would have paid the perfume bottle at the airport. If that wasn't a sign that I NEEDED to get it, I don't know what is then..

Roses de Chloé

 

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My favorite way to relax this month was diving into Love Style Life by Garance Doré! After having seen this gorgeous book on countless Instagram pictures I had to add it to my wishlist and my lovely friend Steph got it for me! I was so pleasantly surprised by going through it: it's so funny and lighthearted but at the same time gives you new ideas and a fresh perspective on so many aspects of daily life! It's divided in 5 main topics: style, work, beauty, elegance and love. I 100% recommend it to every single girl out there!

Love Style Life by Garence Doré

Days like these

As soon as I got back to Guadeloupe, Stephany (from @stephanyayinda), a super talented freelance photographer and dear friend of mine, came to visit me! I hadn't seen her in 6 months and I was so happy to finally be reunited with her! We decided to head to one of the nicest hotels and spas of the island for a yummy lunch on her first day here. Of course I jumped on the occasion to dress up a little and wear this gorgeous baroque dress and my trusted Emilio Pucci golden pumps. These are so extremely comfortable, it's unbelievable! I have worn them for many nights out and danced for 6 straight hours in them and my feet barely hurt at the end of the night! Seriously God sent!

Dress: Shein - Sunglasses: Céline - Shoes: Emilio Pucci - Bag: Chloé

Brooch: Chanel - Bracelets: The Peach Box - Link bracelet: J. Crew - Ring: YSL

And on to the delicious food! I decided to get a cheeseburger (hello cheat day!) with fries and salad and Stephany went for a beef carpaccio with a side of fries! Can you tell we're obsessed with this place's french fries? The are SO GOOD!

NYC Day 3

My final day in the city was all about friends and good times! It started with the most delicious brunch ever at Ladurée in Soho with my girls Yana and Audrey. There I got my ultimate favorite treat: french toasts with raspberry coulis and rose infused whipped cream. If those sound like heaven to you, I can confirm that they really are!

Bags: Chloé - Ring: YSL - Bracelets: The Peach Box - Watch: Marc Bale

Of course I couldn't leave Ladurée without a box of macarons to go!

After brunch and a little bit of window shopping in Soho, we headed to the upper west side. I love the vibe that the lush green spaces and renowned performing arts venues give to this area. The immaculate brownstones and impeccable storefronts lend this neighborhood a surprisingly village-like vibe.

My favorite shopping spots in the Upper West side are Century 21 and the Bloomingdales Outlet store. I always end up making one in a lifetime designer finds at ridiculous prices there! I love to go to Shake Shack if I'm ever craving burgers and yummy milkshakes and Levain Bakery's cookies are a must try if you're ever in this area!

My look for the day was edgy but comfy.

Biker jacket: Céline - Lace up shirt: Shein - Pants: 7 for all mankind - Shoes: Isabel Marant

We wanted to get a couple of those delectable Levain Bakery cookies (the chocolate chip and walnut ones are my FAVEE!) but the line was insanely long! So we decided against it. When we got tired of walking and shopping around we stopped for cupcakes at Georgetown cupcakes. The perfect sweet ending to a perfect day!

Sunglasses: Dior So Real & Rayban